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INTEGRITY’S COMPETITIVE ASSET: MANAGING CHOICE
“You always do what you want to do. This is true with every act. You may say that you had to do something or that you were forced to, but actually whatever you do, you do my choice. Only you have the power to choose for yourself.”
– W. Clement Stone
Who is the choice-maker? Stone, one of the 20th century’s most inspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders, answers that question: No matter where an individual is placed on an organizational flow chart – in the mailroom or the boardroom – each individual has the opportunity to become the choice-maker. This individual, managing his or her influence for good, keeps focused on a personal and professional mantra: I choose to stand in the center of my thoughts, feelings and actions.
In "Ethics 4 Everyone, The Handbook for Integrity Based Practices," Eric Harvey and Scott Airitam present 50 ways to walk integrity’s talk. Here are three nuggets from the handbook:
1. Honor your promises and commitments: Am I doing what I said I would do?
2. Set the example: Seize the opportunity to lead and mentor others by your personal actions.
3. Celebrate integrity: Look for every way possible to make a big deal about integrity choices.
These three nuggets highlight that integrity choice-makers are agents of virtues-driven leadership. Cathleen Sullivan, an ethics coach for business, wrote in an American Management Association article on becoming a model ethical decision-maker, “If you want people to know how serious you are about ethical conduct, adopt the old adage, 'show, don’t tell.'”
Mission Integrity Action
Every choice-maker adopts a common motto to put into practice the “show, don’t tell” adage. Here is the motto: Nothing ever happens to me. Everything always happens through me.
This week place at your desk a one-page, two-column T-Chart. Title column one: Happening to me. Title column two: Happening through me. As you face challenging situations, conversations, decisions, problems, decide where do you place the challenge: column one or two? Wait until week’s end to review. What integrity problem-solving thought patterns are evident?
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